Published: Sat, November 24, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Turkey's top diplomat slams Trump for turning 'blind eye' in Khashoggi murder

Turkey's top diplomat slams Trump for turning 'blind eye' in Khashoggi murder

Turkey said President Donald Trump meant to turn a "blind eye" to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder.

Starting with saying, "the world is a very unsafe place", U.S. President Donald Trump released an official statement this week on why the White House is standing with Saudi Arabia after veteran Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Trump said media were guilty of "false reporting" on the CIA's assessment of the Khashoggi case.

Saudi Arabia has said the crown prince had no prior knowledge of the killing of the Washington Post columnist at Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul last month.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Wednesday that calls for the crown prince to be held accountable for the grisly killing of Jamal Khashoggi would not be tolerated.

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"Maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"

Saudi prosecutors have said a 15-man team sent to Istanbul killed Khashoggi with tranquilizers and dismembered his body, which has not been found.

"They [Europe] say they don't want to upset ties with Saudi Arabia".

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, shakes hands with Salah Khashoggi the son of slained journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Pressed Thursday on whether his message to foreign leaders is that they can act with impunity, Trump said "no".

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Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner have cultivated deep personal relationships with the crown prince.

"Saudi Arabia reached out across its borders and murdered somebody that was lured from the United States to go into one of its embassies in Turkey", Malinowkski reminded anchor Alisyn Camerota after she downplayed the seriousness of the crime".

It would be the first official contact between the prince and Erdogan, who has kept global pressure mounting on Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last month.

Prince Mohammed is scheduled to visit Bahrain and Egypt next on his tour. Saudi Arabia is now seeking the death penalty for five of those accused in the killing.

Trump previously claimed that Mohammed bin Salman "could very well" have known about the incident but added that Washington will remain a "steadfast partner" of Riyadh in order to maintain the interests of the USA and its allies in the region. "Not everything is money", Cavusoglu told broadcaster CNN Turk.

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The US has sanctioned 17 Saudis after the journalist's killing.

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